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PROGRAM COORDINATOR

 

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Contract: 15th June - 22nd August

Apply until: Sun 9th May 5pm

 
Do you have the skills we are looking for?

We greatly encourage individuality and are looking for performers who always remain engaged (in rehearsal and performance), find something new in each performance and would truly enjoy working as a part of a very special team and production. Although we are essentially repeating the first year’s performance of the show there is always space for us to highlight people’s individual style within this framework – this is the most enjoyable part of the work, we would love to be bowled over with quirky, eye-catching, larger-than life performers – if you think this is you then we would very much like to hear from you.

We recognise the positive values of diversity, promote equality and challenge all forms of discrimination. We actively welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply for this role. We particularly welcome applications from people of African or Caribbean heritage and people of South, East and South East Asian heritage and people who are ethnically diverse and/or with lived experience of racism, sexism or genderism, or who have experienced socio-economic disadvantage.

 

Performer 1 – Identifying as male:
Will be performing on top of the moving mechanical head of Giuseppe at heights of up to 28 metres as well as on the raked circular stage. This role requires an acrobatic style, experience of working at height, a mover/performer that is capable of evidencing human emotion (such as passion, excitement, disappointment, deception) through movement of their body. Must be happy to enter/jump into and swim in the lake as part of the performance.

 

Performer 2 – Identifying as female:
Will be performing on top/on the side of the moving mechanical head of Giuseppe at heights of up to 28 metres as well as on the raked circular stage. This role will also be a swing for a female performer as well as swing for a chimp (which requires some parkour physical skills). This role requires an acrobatic style, experience of working at height, experience of working in a swivel (2 point pick up) harness, a mover/performer that is capable of evidencing human emotion (such as passion, excitement, disappointment, deception) through movement of their body. Must be happy to enter/jump into and swim in the lake as part of the performance.

 

Performer 3 – Identifying as male:
Will be working in a swivel harness (2 point pick up) performing in the opening solo scene so experience of this is necessary, as is falling (from 1metre), into the lake and swimming to an exit point. Other duties are mainly ensemble work, and this is a very important aspect of the job. This role requires an acrobatic style, experience of working at height, experience of working in a swivel (2 point pick up) harness, a mover/performer that is capable of evidencing human emotion (such as passion, excitement, disappointment, deception) through movement of their body.

 

Bregenz Opera's production of Rigoletto (Directed by Philipp Stölzl) is performed on the lake stage in Bregenz (Austria) and is a jaw-dropping production with a moving set that resembles the head and hands of a huge mechanical clown. The head moves, lifts up to heights of 28 metres and swings from left to right, one hand holds an illuminated balloon which flies up to 45 metres during the performance, while the other manipulates dangling female aerialists during the famous aria, La Donna è mobile. Wired Aerial Theatre are responsible for all aerial activity within the show as well as ground-based acrobatics and movement too.


Promo of the opera

The movement style we use is based within Commedia dell’Arte and we need all performers to have prepared adequately in order to physically offer this style during rehearsals. Please understand what skills we are searching for, before making an application.

The 7000 seats (on land) are situated apart from the floating stage, so this set up requires you to move and perform expressively throughout the performance.


Details:

Total fee: £8,300

Wired Aerial Theatre cover all travel and accommodation costs for the duration of the contract. You will have your own rooms in shared accommodation. Some accommodation this year (due to COVID affecting things) may involve bike rides to and from the venue. Wired have a good relationship with a bicycle hiring company and always encourage our cast to rent a bike for the duration of the contract anyway as there are many wonderful places to visit that are nearby. Bike hire fee is not covered by the company.

Covid restrictions are in place and we must comply to the following three stipulations from Bregenz in order to work this contract:

  1. Agree to have CPR test twice a week
  2. Agree to wearing a face mask
  3. Agree to comply to covid stipulation – remaining 2 metres distance apart

 

What we need you to do:

  • Watch this short film by National Theatre to provide context on the template we will be using to put emotion into the body and how we will be asking you to move.

  • Fill in the application form (button below). We need you to send us a 1-2 minute video of you dancing/ moving/ performing in response to the videos here. (using iphone or android is perfect, upload it to youtube and detail the link in your application form). This video needs to evidence the main features we are searching for, so ensure you show us these things and feel free to also include a party trick, the weird and wonderful (must be relevant though). No spoken word, just body movement. 

  • Send your CV to [email protected] with performer 1, 2 or 3 detailed in the subject title of the email.

  • Complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form (it will take you directly to this, after completing the application form).

  • We will contact you by 10th May if we wish to meet you via a zoom meeting to discuss your video, find out more about you and to explain the contract in more detail. We would also be happy to answer any questions you have at this point.
    Please be aware that the time scale for this is short and so we need you to be aware that once confirmed, we would need your assistance to provide us with body measurements (for costume to be made), assistance in applying for your working visa and other administration tasks. We will manage these things but will require your immediate attention to get the paperwork completed in time.

  • Contract dates for physical work begin 15th June with final show on 22nd August. Travel to and from Bregenz is presently being arranged and will usually mean leaving and returning home one day before and after the contract starts/ends. *Successful applicants need to be available for the entire period.

*We cannot consider any applications that do not provide us with ALL the information and completed forms we have requested. Due to time constraints we are afraid that only those we wish to meet via interview will be contacted for a time to meet. Thank you for your application.

 

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Program Coordinator

CONTRACT: 5 month, full time in UK and Bregenz, Austria
17TH MAY – 15TH OCTOBER 21
LOCATION: A minimum of 1.5 months living in Bregenz, Austria. The remaining time can be worked either from The Higher Space in Liverpool or remotely from anywhere in the UK
SALARY: PAYE contract £24,000 pro rata
APPLY UNTIL: 11th May, 5pm

We are looking for an experienced Programme Coordinator for five months full-time – you might have previously worked in an personal assistant, administrative or coordination role for a festival, company or arts organisation and will enjoy being part of a team and working independently on administrative tasks to tight timelines. You will join our team of four: Artistic Director, Technical Director, Production Manager and Aerial Dance Development Manager.

This wonderfully varied position includes travel, working closely with Artistic Director Wendy Hesketh-Ogilvie, at the centre of this small, vibrant and forward-thinking organisation and as part of Rigoletto a large-scale, jaw-dropping opera spectacular performed on the floating stage of Bregenz Opera Festival in Austria.

We recognise the positive values of diversity, promote equality and challenge all forms of discrimination. We actively welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply for this role. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, people of African or Caribbean heritage and people of South, East and South East Asian heritage and people who are ethnically diverse and/or with lived experience of racism, ableism, sexism or genderism, or who have experienced socio-economic disadvantage.

 

Outline work schedule (subject to change)

17th May – 7th June   Working remotely from home or (if based locally to Liverpool) at The Higher Space, following COVID distancing guidelines. UK based.
8th June – 23rd July    Based in Bregenz working mainly on the production of Rigoletto on the floating stage of Bregenz Opera Festival. Austria based
24th July – 15th Oct    Working remotely from home or (if based locally to Liverpool) at The Higher Space, following COVID distancing guidelines. UK based.

The Programme Coordinator will work with the Artistic Director, Wendy Hesketh-Ogilvie supporting her to do her best work as Artistic Director of Wired, and whilst in Bregenz in her role as Movement Director and Artistic Stunt Director for the production of Rigoletto which features 22 performers managed by Wired Aerial Theatre. The role also includes working on UK projects and reporting to funders. Find out more about Wendy here https://www.wiredaerialtheatre.com/about-wired/staff-and-company/wendy-hesketh-ogilvie.

This new role would suit someone who enjoys variety and working to deadlines as part of a large team and working on their own using their initiative. It involves administrative and program management tasks, facilitating the effective management of the company’s programme of activity and schedule and carrying out important operational duties. This role requires discretion and the ability to manage confidential information.

 

JOB BRIEF

We require a person who is organized and detail-oriented, skilled in diplomacy and comfortable working closely on a one-to-one basis as well as with diverse teams. The work in Bregenz requires high level, clear and efficient communication across several departments of Bregenz Opera House (production manager, stage managers, technical team, set operators, pilots of the balloon and creative team of Wired plus performers). Clear, honest and considerate communication is therefore paramount as is the ability to deliver accurate daily schedules/plans with which all departments can work effectively.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES WHEN IN THE UK
  • Proactively managing the Artistic Directors diary for company activity, including arranging meetings and booking meeting spaces, restaurants and tickets to events and performances, and responding to invitations.
  • Acting as the central point of contact with the AD for colleagues, collaborators, funders and board members and, making sure her schedule is up to date and communication is smooth.
  • Communicating information to WAT staff and key collaborators and managing enquiries and correspondence on behalf of the AD.
  • Creating and managing the company travel itinerary for Bregenz, purchasing travel tickets and documentation, creating a travel schedule, updating welcome packs, finalising accommodation and liaising with wardrobe regarding cast members measurements.
  • Responding to enquiries including about classes and workshops passing enquiries to colleagues as needed.
  • Supporting the preparation of presentations and reports and ordering office materials 
  • Ensuring implementation of company policies, procedures and practices
  • Collecting and compiling up to date, accurate performance/activity data for Arts Council England
  • Coordinating internal staff meetings. Organising board meetings, circulating board papers and taking minutes

 

RESPONSIBILITIES WHEN IN BREGENZ
  • Assisting the Artistic Director, ensuring she has the documents and information required to perform her role and being responsive to her well-being throughout the day.
  • Main contact between Wired Aerial Theatre and Bregenz Festival
  • Work closely with Wired’s Bregenz Management team (Artistic Stunt Director/Movement Director, Technical stunt director, Head Climber and Head Performer) to ensure effective easy liaison with Bregenz Festival
  • Ensure the company’s overall schedule is synchronised with the AD’s diary and vice versa, and that the wider team (Wired’s performers for Bregenz total 22), are aware of and have access to the schedule
  • Scheduling: create and manage the daily schedule, manage daily track meetings and plan, organize, arrange technology for and note meetings/events as necessary
  • With the Head Performer, liaise with the performing and management team daily regarding well-being and any accommodation issues
  • Ensure implementation of policies, procedures and practices
  • Help build positive relations within the team and external parties
  • Take photographs to be used for social media

 

GENERAL
  • To undertake any other reasonable duty as requested by the Artistic Director or Technical Director to further enhance the effective administration of the Company.
  • To maintain confidentiality in relation to personnel issues and always have regard to promoting and preserving the reputation of the Company and its employees.
  • Attend meetings, performances and events as necessary.
  • Administer Executive team out of pocket and credit card expenses within the company’s expenses system.
  • At all times to carry out duties and responsibilities with regard to the company’s Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety Policies.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES

In order to work with us in Bregenz you must agree to:

  • Perform COVID PCR tests (provided by Bregenz Opera), twice weekly as a minimum
  • Wear a face mask
  • Agree to follow COVID restrictions of remaining 2 metes apart

Whilst working in Bregenz the company will provide and pay for accommodation, all travel associated costs and per diems. Some accommodation this year (due to COVID affecting things) may involve bike rides to and from the venue. Wired have a good relationship with a bicycle hiring company and always encourage our cast to rent a bike for the duration of the contract anyway as there are many wonderful places to visit that are nearby. Bike hire fee is not covered by the company.

This job description is a guide to the nature of the work required of this position. It is neither wholly comprehensive nor restrictive and does not form part of the contract of employment.

 

HOURS OF WORK

Bregenz is an intense period of time, the hours are long and arduous, and candidates should be aware that their work schedule is likely to be:

Week 1 – 4:     40 hours per week, working 5 days a week (in UK)
Week 5 – 9:     70 hours a week, working 6 days a week (in Bregenz)
Week 10:         50 hours a week, working 6 days a week (in Bregenz)
Week 11- 23:   hours will vary, but we anticipate between 16 and 24 hours a week (in UK)

The Company is aware of the Working Time Directive and the hours over the period of time, average out at 40 per week and therefore fall within the requirement of the WTD.  However, the successful candidate will kindly be requested to sign a disclaimer should the average hours end up exceeding 48 in a 13 week period.  The required breaks in accordance with the WTD will be in place.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

ESSENTIAL:
  1. Relevant experience in a personal assistant, administrative or coordination role for a festival, company or arts organisation.
  2. Significant professional arts production experience with knowledge of and a passion for theatre and/or dance. 
  3. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to deal confidently and positively with all levels of staff, both face to face and over the telephone.
  4. A high standard of written English, and an ability to draft letters and minutes.
  5. Excellent organisational and time-management skills, working with own initiative and the ability to prioritise and work with logistical challengesand strict timelines and dates
  6. Very strong IT skills to include advanced Outlook, iCal, Word, Excel, knowledge of diary management and the ability to produce fast, accurate work to a high level of presentation, and the ability to proof-read and correct own work.
  7. The ability to remain calm and flexible and handle a varied and time-pressured workload.
  8. The ability to develop quickly an understanding of the work of the AD and the Bregenz project and to respect confidentiality and discretion.
  9. The ability to work both as part of a team and independently
  10. A flexible and can-do attitude.

 

DESIRABLE
  1. Aptitude for and experience in social media.
  2. An ear for languages.

 

WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO
  • Fill in the application form (button below). This will take you automatically on to our Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form, please fill this in and hit send/submit
  • Send us an email to [email protected] with ‘Program Coordinator’ in the subject title and attach:
    • Your CV
    • A covering letter addressing the following:
      • How you meet the person specification
      • Your relevant experience and ability to deliver the duties set out in the job description
      • Why you want to work for Wired Aerial Theatre

Have a look around our website to learn more about what we do, the shows we create and how we like to work.

 

OTHER INFORMATION

Closing Date for Applications: Tuesday 11th May, 5pm

We will invite you to interview: by Wednesday 12th May (due to time constraints we will only contact successful applicants)

Interview days: 13th and 14th May (please be available for both – initial interview and then shortlist one)

Notify of outcome of job: 17th May

Start Date: 24th May

We anticipate that Iinterviews will take place in via zoom unless you are based based in Liverpoollocally. If in person interviews are possible, then strict Covid protocols will be in place and followed. Full details of our Covid procedures will be supplied when we contact shortlisted candidates to invite them for an interview. However, if your circumstances mean that you’re unable to attend an in-person interview, you will be able to discuss options for a virtual interview at this point.

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